How to Move or Backup and Restore Your Font Collection

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How to Move or Backup and Restore Your Font Collection

Postby Erwin Denissen » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:12 am

Over the years you've collected a lot of fonts, and in the past you've made a smart decision to use MainType to organize and maintain your font collection.

Now you want to safe a copy of your collection because you don't want to lose it in case your hard drive crashes, or if someone steals your PC. Or maybe you've just bought a new computer, and you want to copy your font collection.

Either way, it's plain easy to copy your fonts. First find out the root folder of your Groups folder:
Open MainType, select Tools on the main menu, and then click Options. You'll see something like:
C:\Users\<yourname>\Documents\My Font Groups

Now you know the folder that contains all your font groups, you can easily make a copy of your whole font collection.

To restore your font collection, or to copy it to a new PC, just install MainType, and use similar steps as described above to find out the root of the groups folder. Then copy the font collection to this folder, and MainType will instantly recognize and process the group folders and the available fonts.
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Re: How to Move or Backup and Restore Your Font Collection

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:58 am

Thanks for the reminder. My old backup was only 46 Mbytes, while my new one was 78 Mbytes.

If you're storing your backup on a USB drive, use 7-Zip to compress your font collection. My backup would be 163 Mbytes as a Zip archive — more than twice the size!
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Re: How to Move or Backup and Restore Your Font Collection

Postby Erwin Denissen » Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:10 pm

With the release of MainType 4, the backup-restore process has been significantly changed.

You can now backup your complete font library through a new utility (High-Logic FmsConfig) that comes with MainType. See the screenshot below.
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When you click the Create backup button, you can select a folder where you want to store the backup. Within the selected folder a new folder will be created (e.g. fmsbackup20110913) that will contain two folders with vault and font data files.

I guess it is all pretty straightforward, but do let us know if you have questions, or concerns. We know we need to further improve the user manual, so expect that to become available (online as well) later this month.
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Re: How to Move or Backup and Restore Your Font Collection

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:02 pm

I successfully created a backup, but why is it so huge? A 7-Zip archive of My Fonts is 89 Mbtyes, but the MainType backup folder is 516 Mbytes. That would have serious implications for users with large font collections keeping backups on external media.

\My Documents\My Fonts\ contains 4,869 files and is 387 Mbytes on disk. That includes many other files besides TTF and OTF, but the majority is fonts.

\Windows\Fonts\ contains 602 files and is 69.3 Mbytes on disk (that's not included in "My Fonts.7z"
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Re: How to Move or Backup and Restore Your Font Collection

Postby Erwin Denissen » Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:44 pm

The Vault initially allocates 512MB for font resources. This is to ensure it doesn't run out of disk space at unexpected moments. This and other checks help us detect upcoming hard disk issues before they actually occur.

The Vault currently doesn't use compression, as we preferred speed above minimizing storage. We might change this in the future, but for now it is working pretty good.
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Re: How to Move or Backup and Restore Your Font Collection

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue Sep 20, 2011 4:43 pm

Compressing the backup with 7-Zip reduced the backup folder to a manageable 102 Mbytes.

I agree that the vault needs to be fast, but I think the backup needs to be small. Speed is not much of an issue for something done only occasionally.
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Re: How to Move or Backup and Restore Your Font Collection

Postby Erwin Denissen » Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:45 am

I've added your request to our to-do list.
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Re: How to Move or Backup and Restore Your Font Collection

Postby irenefrie » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:49 pm

Newbie here

Where do you find the 'backup and restore' function in MainType 4.0?

Thank you.
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Re: How to Move or Backup and Restore Your Font Collection

Postby León Fridsma » Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:58 am

You can backup your fonts and settings via the FMSConfig utility. This can be found in your start menu in the High-Logic MainType folder. (or if you have windows vista/7 you can type FMS in your search bar in the start menu)
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Re: How to Move or Backup and Restore Your Font Collection

Postby irenefrie » Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:08 am

Thank you.
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Re: How to Move or Backup and Restore Your Font Collection

Postby marielhen » Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:09 am

I have upgraded to version 5 and understand that the groups are no longer stored in folders on my computer. I have over 1500 fonts neatly divided into groups on my old laptop with the old version. How am I to get them to my new version on my new laptop?
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Re: How to Move or Backup and Restore Your Font Collection

Postby Erwin Denissen » Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:44 pm

Copy the folders along with your fonts to your new computer.

Then start MainType, and from the main menu go to Tools -> Font Folders.
Click the add button to add the root folder of your font collection.
Make sure you select the checkbox "Create groups after indexing"

This will generate the groups in the Groups panel. Do be aware changes on your file system will not be updated in the group panel (yet).
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